Stephenson Maritime International
Captain Sam Stephenson, J.D.
US Coast Guard Master Mariner License - Any Gross Tons
State Licensed Pilot - Port Everglades, Florida
US Coast Guard Federal Pilot License - Port Everglades, Florida
Commander, United States Naval Reserve 1990 - 2011 (retired)
Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Miami School of Law (1996)
Master of Science, Marine Management, Maine Maritime Academy (1994)
Bachelor of Science, Marine Transportation, Texas A&M University (1989)
Admiral Farragut Academy, Toms River, NJ (1985)
Over 17 years experience as expert witness representing plaintiffs & defendants in criminal & civil cases involving commercial and pleasure vessels. Cases have involved narrow channels, collisions, allisions, groundings, personal injury, piloting, rules of the road, shiphandling, boundary disputes, patent litigation, etc.
Teaching Experience & Course Development
Resolve Maritime Academy - Developed following senior level courses: Advanced Shiphandling, Emergency Shiphandling, Bridge Resource Management - Pilots, COLREGS, Podded Propulsion, Legal Aspects of Piloting.
Lead instructor for: Bridge Resource Management, Integrated Bridge Systems, Legal Aspects of Piloting, COLREGS, Emergency Shiphandling, Advanced Shiphandling and Podded Propulsion.
Maritime Pilot Institute - Lead instructor, Legal Aspects of Piloting, 2012.
Texas A&M University at Galveston - Senior Lecturer, 1996 - 1999. Courses included: COLREGS (Inland & International), electronic navigation, seamanship, and marine orientation & lifesaving.
Senior Pilot - Port Everglades Pilot Association, 2006 - present. Expert shiphandler with approximately 4,500 arrivals/departures Port Everglades, Fl. Includes: Largest passenger ships in world, cargo ships, tugs & barges, ATB's, ITB's, US Naval ships, container ships, submarines, tankers, car carriers, mega yachts, etc. Expert shiphandler using tugs for ship assist work, docking & undocking.
Master - NOAA Research Ship Rueben Lasker, 2013 (sea trials).
Master - United States Naval Ship Sirius, 2005 - 2006 (Operation Katrina Relief).
Master - United States Training Ship Texas Clipper II
Master - Passenger Ship Royal Star, 2000.
Chief Mate - United States Training Ship Texas Clipper II, 1996 - 1999.
Chief Mate - Passenger Ship Royal Empress, 1997.
Chief Mate - Passenger Ship Vegas Express, 1994 - 1996.
Lieutenant - Preposition Ship First Lieutenant Alex Bonnyman, 1994.
Second Mate - United States Training Ship Texas Clipper, 1994.
Lieutenant JG - Missile Tracking Ship Range Sentinel, 1994.
Second Mate -United States Training Ship Texas Clipper, 1993.
Lieutenant JG - Amphibious Assault - USS Fresno, 1992.
Third Mate - Oil Tanker Overseas Arctic, 1991-1992.
Third Mate - Ammunition Underway Replenishment Ship Cape Alava, 1991 (Operation Dessert Storm).
Third Mate - United States Training Ship Texas Clipper, 1991.
Ensign, Destroyer Auxiliary Tender USS Yosemite, 1991.
Third Mate - Chemical Tanker Texaco California, 1990.
Commandant of Cadets - Texas A&M Maritime Academy at Galveston. In charge of discipline and training of approximately 260 cadets in the US Maritime Service Corps of Cadets, 2001 - 2006.
Over 44 years of boating experience on power boats, sailboats, and fishing boats.
2015 - Testified: US Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Review Board, Washington D.C. - Port Everglades Dredging Project (Unanimous approval).
2007 - United States Merchant Marine Medal for Outstanding Achievement Award - Operation Katrina Relief (Captain - USNS Sirius).
2004 - NOAA Award for Outstanding Voluntary Ship Observing Weather (Captain - USTS Texas Clipper II).
2003 - United States Maritime Administrator Award of Merit - Most improved ship in MARAD fleet (Captain - USTS Texas Clipper II).
2003 - AOTOS Award (Admiralty of the Ocean Sea). Award for rescue in 12’ to 15’ seas of crew aboard sailing vessel (Captain - USTS Texas Clipper II).
2003 - First United States Training Ship to host a President of the United States aboard.
Advisory Committees/Professional Associations
Navigation Safety Advisory Committee - USCG
Florida Harbor Pilots Association - President
Boston Marine Society
Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club
American Pilots Association
Master, Mates & Pilots